GENESEO, N.Y., Jan. 11, 2024 — Livingston County is proud to announce the allocation of $105,000 in funding to support the OWWL Library System as part of the County’s 2024 budget. The County’s annual support of local community partners demonstrates its strong commitment to the non-profit organizations serving the Livingston County community.
The OWWL Library System, a non-profit organization supporting library services across Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, and Livingston counties, will use the funds to maintain and advance library services, expand collections, and create diverse programs for the communities it serves, said OWWL Library System Executive Director Ron Kirsop.
“Providing funds to local libraries shows Livingston County's commitment to its residents. Libraries are an incredible public resource; investing in them benefits everyone. We greatly appreciate the County support of Livingston County Libraries,” he said.
A portion of the County’s allocation goes toward funding capital improvement projects smaller than the minimum amount needed for the NYS Aid for Library Construction program. In 2023, the County’s support helped make possible restroom upgrades at the Avon Free Library, roof repairs for the Bell Memorial Library, security access control system upgrades for the Livonia Public Library, storm water management improvements for the Caledonia Library Association, and ADA upgrades at the Mount Morris Library. With more than 20,000 OWWL Library card holders throughout Livingston County, this funding has a direct impact on many residents and their families.
“This funding is not only about supporting our libraries; it’s a testament to the County’s values and priorities,” said David L. LeFeber, Chair of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors. “Investing in our library system ensures equitable access to information, education, and resources for all residents, creating informed citizens and more connected communities.”
For more, visit the OWWL Library System website where card holders now have access to several new databases, including ASL Inside, Kanopy, Consumer Reports, Mango Languages, LawDepot, and Ground News.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.